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    • LocoLoco
    • By LocoLoco 12th Oct 17, 7:52 PM
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    Housing Benefit Element of Universal Credit
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    • 12th Oct 17, 7:52 PM
    Housing Benefit Element of Universal Credit 12th Oct 17 at 7:52 PM
    Hi all,

    It seems our area will be switching over to Universal Credit sometime next summer so I'm just trying to get my ducks in a row before it happens. As it's now one payment, does anyone know if that means I will be paid the Housing Benefit element of it or will they carry on paying that to the Housing Association and pay me the remainder?

    Many thanks in advance
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    • tomtom256
    • By tomtom256 12th Oct 17, 8:02 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 8:02 PM
    It depends if you request it be paid to your landlord or not.
    • LocoLoco
    • By LocoLoco 12th Oct 17, 8:10 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 8:10 PM
    It depends if you request it be paid to your landlord or not.
    Originally posted by tomtom256
    Thank you for such a quick reply, that's helpful, I didn't realise I could choose
    • nextyeartina
    • By nextyeartina 12th Oct 17, 8:22 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 8:22 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 8:22 PM
    The letter I received today says no, you are responsible for paying it to your landlord X
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    • IAmWales
    • By IAmWales 12th Oct 17, 8:44 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 8:44 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 8:44 PM
    Thank you for such a quick reply, that's helpful, I didn't realise I could choose
    Originally posted by LocoLoco
    You can't. They'll only pay the landlord directly if you're in arrears or if there is evidence that you are unable to manage your payments, for instance due to a learning disability or having reduced capacity.
    • dippy3103
    • By dippy3103 12th Oct 17, 11:10 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 11:10 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 11:10 PM
    UC is paid to the clm't & they then pay their rent
    • konark
    • By konark 12th Oct 17, 11:37 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 11:37 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 11:37 PM
    Just because your area is going 'live; doesn't mean you'll be instantly 'migrated' to UC, it might be several years before you are 'naturally migrated' o,r more likely, your circumstances change and you are 'naturally migrated'.
    • LocoLoco
    • By LocoLoco 13th Oct 17, 7:11 AM
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    • 13th Oct 17, 7:11 AM
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    • 13th Oct 17, 7:11 AM
    Morning, everyone, thanks for all of the responses, I was wanting to work out the best way to avoid arrears and whether it was better to pay more to the Housing Association in advance to build up credit on my account or to save the money myself and then just take over paying the rent (it's currently paid direct to the HA but prior to that I've always paid it so it's not a problem either way). With all of that said, if, as konark says, it might be a long time before we switch anyway (I didn't know that, I thought it would be happening within a few months of going live) then I might not be claiming by then anyway (fingers crossed) so it might not even become an issue.

    Many thanks for the responses, it's been a big help
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